Biography: Two-year starter who lined up at safety, cornerback, and linebacker. Senior totals included 80/1/6 when he was primarily used at linebacker. Junior numbers included 63/1/11 after 46/5/9 as a sophomore when he started four games.
Positives: Aggressive, hard-hitting defensive back with a solid game. Flows well laterally, displays a good degree of quickness in his game as well as a burst of speed. Remains disciplined with assignments, physical throughout the action, and brings ball-carriers down on initial contact. Breaks down well and uses his hands to protect himself.
Negatives: Does not display great speed to the sidelines. Struggles staying step for step with opponents downfield. Does not display great break to the ball out of his plant.
Analysis: Thornton has been productive on the college level yet lacks the great size/speed numbers for the NFL. His physical playing style and limited range on the field makes him best suited for a zone system.
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